Every year a miracle diet or fad diet comes on scene. Fad diet is a weight loss plan that promises dramatic results but in reality it doesn’t help you lose weight and keep it off. In fact, some of these diets can actually be dangerous to your health. In most of these diets, the food choices tend to be limited and so boring that there’s always a temptation to overeat. As soon as the normal eating habits are resumed, the unwanted weight is rapidly regained.
If a person seriously wants to lose weight and keep it off, the only truly successful way is to eat healthy, and exercise regularly.
Why is fad diet popular? People are often willing to try anything that promises to help them lose weight fast because they want to look good and feel better.
Sellers are aware of these needs so they take advantage by making a product that promises weight loss that's very quick and easy. Many people prefer to try the quick fix of a fad diet instead of making the effort to lose weight through long-term changes in their eating and exercise habits.
How to recognize fad diet?
- Claim to help you lose weight very quickly (more than 1 or 2 pounds per week). Remember, it took time for you to gain unwanted weight and it will take time to lose it.
- Make claims that sound too good to be true, example it promises that you can lose weight and keep it off without giving up "fatty" foods or doing any exercise.
- Eliminates one or more of the five food groups.
- Offer testimonials from clients or "experts" in weight loss, science or nutrition. Remember these people are probably paid to endorse this product.
- Base claims on "before and after" photos.
- Require you to spend a lot of money on things like seminars, membership fees, costly books, pills or prepackaged meals in order for the plan to work.
Detoxification diets: Many alternative practitioners recommend periodic detoxification diets; they believe that these diets cleanse the digestive system and rid the body of waste products. A typical detoxification regimen calls for a few days of fasting, during which the person consumes only distilled water, fruit juice, raw fruit, and supplement, bran, and herbs or herbal teas.
In many regimens, enemas are also used to further cleanse the colon, as well as saunas and steam baths to rid the body of “toxins” through the skin. But there is no specific evidence that the body needs detoxification because the body has its own highly efficient waste-removal systems. Indeed, detoxification regimens not only upset the body’s natural waste removal, they can also be harmful.
Enemas disrupt normal colon function and can upset the body’s natural chemical balance. Fasting, especially during an illness, deprives the body of the energy and nutrients it needs to heal itself. Chelation therapy is justified in cases of lead, mercury, or other metal poisoning, but not in the treatment of arthritis, atherosclerosis, and other diseases.
Tips on healthy weight loss:
- Eat breakfast every day and don't skip meals. Eating small meals every three hours increases your metabolism.
- Eat a variety of healthful foods, (including plenty of whole grains, vegetables and fruits) to ensure that you get all of your daily nutrients.
- Limit your daily intake of saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol and sodium.
- Limit the amount of sugar in your diet. High-sugar foods are often high in calories and low in nutrients.
- Avoid soft drinks, alcohol and juices (choose whole fruits instead).
- Exercise on a regular basis. The best kind of exercise is exercise that you'll keep doing, so choose an activity that you enjoy. Aim for 30 to 60 minutes, 4 to 6 times per week.